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Friday Cool - The Gentleman's Shave

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on December 28, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Why wet shave? Primarily a wet shave results in a closer shave compared to that of an electric razor. However it is also the very ritual of wet shaving that people enjoy. The preparation, the scents and the strong link to the past that is associated with using high quality wet shaving products can turn what is often viewed as a chore into something pleasurable and a rewarding ritual. Most men feel that their skin condition improves remarkably from the exfoliating nature of a wet shave and the moisturizing temperament of the products used.

A first-rate close shave is all about preparation and the right tools for the job. By following these pointers you will experience your ultimate shave:

  • Shave after the shower or wrap a hot soaking wet face towel across the face for 30 seconds. The hot water loosens up the pores and softens the hair for a closer shave.
  • Run your shaving brush under the hot tap until the head becomes heavy with water. Next lightly shake out approximately two thirds of the water that the brush head has retained - too much water will dilute shaving cream and if you are using shave soap it will hamper your efforts at building up a nice thick lather.
  • The definitive way to whip up a thick lather and protect the life of your shaving brush is to flick your brush back and forth across the soap bowl. Do not be tempted to only go around in circles! Bristle is very fine, badger bristle even more so, and if you whip up a lather by going round and round in circles everyday, week after week and month after month the individual strands of bristle will get wound tighter and tighter. Eventually this would cause them to snap and fall out. So if you are to take away one crucial piece of advice on prolonging the life of a shaving brush it would be this - whip up a lather by flicking the brush head up and down or side to side and occasionally in circles but NEVER solely in circles! I guarantee this will aid the life of your brush.
  • If you are using shave cream dip the tip of the brush lightly into the tub and lather up directly onto your skin in an upward motion.
  • Shave with the grain of your beard or stubble - generally this is in a downward direction. As long as your razor blade is changed regularly (we suggest once a week) you can simply glide the razor across your skin using minimal pressure.
  • For an extra close shave or any stubborn hair, reapply your lather or cream and shave sideways across the skin in short strokes. Under the jaw line you may like to shave against the grain and draw the razor upwards, again applying minimal pressure. Use your fingers to feel for any obstinate areas of growth - hair grows in different directions around the neck area.
  • Rinse your face with clean warm water to close the pores, and pat the skin dry and apply a suitable moisturizer.
  • Finally, rinse your brush under the tap, shake off excess water, and to prolong the life of the brush, turn upside down on the stand to prevent water settling in the base.

Kent are the first choice for shaving products for the discerning gentleman.

Kent's Heritage

G B Kent & Sons Ltd, manufacturers of brushes since the eighteenth century is one of the oldest established companies in Great Britain.

Kent Brushes (as they are now more commonly known) was founded in 1777 by William Kent in the reign of George III. Kent holds a pre-eminent place in the history of brush making, with an unbroken record of excellence in the quality of its production which has been recognised by the granting of Royal Warrants for nine reigns.

The Kent family continued to run the company for six generations until 1932 when the last of the three Kent brothers passed away. This is when Mr Eric L.H Cosby, owner of Cosby Brushes Ltd, entered into an association with G.B Kent & Sons. A new chapter was then opened in Kent's long history, and since that time the company has been under the creative and dynamic direction of the Cosby family.

Today, Mr Alan H.L Cosby, grandson to Eric Cosby is the Managing Director and Chairman, with his wife, son and one of his three daughters working for the business. The company headquarters moved from London to their existing factory in Apsley, Hertfordshire on the 6th February 1984, and remains there to this day.

The company continues to retain the craftsmanship and unprecedented quality that is Kent's reputation. Even in today's fast moving, mass-produced assembly, Kent are proud to still be manufacturing many of their original brushes by hand.

Nevertheless, Kent Brushes is committed to developing and enhancing its products with every step they take. Kent harness the latest hi-tech manufacturing processes, whilst building on the time-honoured traditional methods to create the world's finest example of each and every brush that leaves their factory.

The Royal Warrant is as old as the Monarchy and was created as a way of recognising the skills of small companies who produced products for the Royal Households. Besides specialist items such as crowns, jewellery and robes, ordinary household products were also required from kitchen utensils, furniture and brushes. Kent received their first warrant from George III and since then have received warrants continuously from monarchs up to the present day.

The accolade of supplying the Royal Household was, and remains, a sign of excellence, a recognition to be proud of and one that is unequalled anywhere in the world. This warrant gives Kent the right to display the royal coat of arms discreetly on their products, packaging, stationery and company vehicles.

A company's Royal Warrant is reviewed every five years and Kent brushes have held a warrant consistently for 9 reigns.

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